Our Story


It all started when…

In 1993, Sanford Smith and Cindy Trueblood founded Bakersfield Civic Dance Company with the goal of providing local dancers the opportunity to further their dance training and extend their passion for the arts to the community. Twenty five years later the company now known as Bakersfield City Ballet remains dedicated to their vision.

Our mission is to be Bakersfield’s premier pre-professional ballet company by inspiring and enriching our community with performances and fostering a love for the arts in youth through dance.

We are committed to accomplishing this mission by making ballet accessible to the widest possible audience through annual performances, educational programs, the creative use of media, and other outreach efforts. 


ErICA UEBERROTH - artistic director

Erica Ueberroth began dancing with Civic Dance Center in 1993. She was trained in classical ballet technique by Valerie Lewis, Cindy Trueblood, and Desiree Bogan, and jazz and tap by Marilyn Stone and Kristen Mclaughlin. Erica performed in Civic’s annual production of The Nutcracker in roles such as: Little Clara, Snow Queen, Arabian Queen, Spanish Queen, Rose, and Sugar Plum Fairy.

Erica furthered her dance education and training at professional ballet school summer intensive programs. She attended American Ballet Theatre’s satellite summer intensive in Irvine California, The Rock School summer intensive in Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s summer intensive. Erica has also had the privilege to dance in master classes with:  Leslie Brown, Stephanie Powell, Benjamin Millepied, Joaquin De Luz, Gelsey Kirkland.  

In the fall of 2002 she began teaching for Liberty High School’s Dance program. She continued to teach at Liberty and co-direct their annual recital until 2009. She has been on Civic Dance Center faculty since 2002. Erica was asked to co-direct Civic’s annual production of The Nutcracker in 2011. In 2014 she co-directed Civic Dance Center’s annual Gala with Ann Conrad, setting an original work Once Upon A Time. Erica choreographed A Garden In The Rain (a pas de deux) that was awarded first place senior ballet duo/trio at the 2016 West Coast Dance Explosion Nationals. She has also choreographed pieces for Stars Theatre Restaurant’s productions of Me and My Girl, 42nd Street, and Mary Poppins, and The Ovation Repertory Theatre’s Million Dollar Quartet.

In 2009 Erica married the love of her life Eric Ueberroth. She is grateful to have her husband’s endless support, patience, and love. Erica is a Certified Massage Therapist in private practice since 2005. She received her level one Pilates training certificate in 2015 after studying under Pilates Master Roger Gonzalez Hibner. In her second year as Artistic Director for Bakersfield City Ballet, Erica feels a renewed energy and excitement. She believes everyone should have access to the performing arts whether patron or participant, knowing that exposure in any capacity can leave one feeling inspired and awed.




ANN CONRAD - ballet mistress

Ann began dancing at the age of 6 at Du Fresne Dance Arts under the direction of Diane Contreras, who was trained by Madame Du Fresne herself.  Ann continued studying Ballet and Jazz at Du Fresne Dance Arts for 6 years before she was introduced to Cindy Trueblood at Civic Dance Center.  At Civic Dance Center she resumed her Ballet and Jazz training and earned her first role in the annual performance of the Nutcracker.  Four years later she was  accepted to Contra Costa Ballet under the direction of Richard Cammack and Zola Dishong.  It was there that she was chosen to dance with many well known choreographers such as Michael Smuin and Suki Schorer.  The next 2 years, Ann stayed in the bay area to dance at both Contra Costa Ballet and San Francisco Ballet Company and was chosen once again to perform in the Nutcracker with Contra Costa Ballet. 

Ann returned to Bakersfield in 1993 with the intension of return to the local production of the Nutcracker.  Cindy then asked her to start teaching ballet at Civic Dance Center in 1994 and has been teaching ever since.  While teaching at Civic Dance Center she was given the opportunity to set award winning choreography for Troupe Civic and MAD Dance Krew.  At this time she also served as Ballet Mistress for Imagine Ballet Company for several years.  Ann recently celebrated her 30th year of either directing, performing, or both, with Civic Dance Center’s- Nutcracker.  Ann also has a very strong Basque heritage and continued her dance and music training while attending many Basque music camps from 1980-1993.  Along with her involvement with Bakersfield City Ballet, Ann is currently the Artistic Coordinator for Civic Dance Center.




ALICIA ANGELINI - ballet mistress

Alicia Angelini started dancing at age 3, and received much of her early dance training at Civic Dance Center in Bakersfield, where she is now a teacher.  From there, she attended the University of California, Irvine, where she had the opportunity to perform original works by various esteemed choreographers including ETC! by David Allan and a re-staging of William Forsythe’s Steptext by Douglas Becker. UCI is also where she found a true passion for choreography, and chose to make that her focus while continuing her dance training.

Her choreography was featured in several UCI shows, including Bare Bones Dance Theater and Physical Graffiti. While still attending school, Alicia was cast to be a member of Disney’s Aladdin, A Musical Spectacular, and performed the premiere season with the show before going back to school full time to finish her degree. She graduated from UCI with a B.A. in Dance, and a minor in Education. Alicia continues to teach and choreograph at Civic Dance Center, and her choreography has been showcased in various venues throughout the state.  In 2009, at the Regional Dance America Pacific Festival, Alicia was presented with the Monticello Award for outstanding emerging choreographer for her work, Remembrances.  She attended the Craft of Choreography Conference in 2009 on full scholarship, and at the conclusion of the conference, she was honored to be chosen for the Choreography Connection Grant Program, allowing her the opportunity to work with another company from the RDA membership and set a future piece with them.  She staged this new original work entitled From Point A… on the Southeast Alabama Dance Company in Dothan, Alabama. 

Alicia is grateful for all the support and love from her husband, Chris, and her children, Lucas and Sophia, who provide immeasurable inspiration.  One of her greatest joys is to share the stage with her children, and pass her love of dance on to them.  The art of dance has blessed Alicia with so much happiness, and she hopes to be able to share that blessing with audiences and fellow dancers for years to come. 





Samantha began her dance training with the Civic Dance Center at the age of five, and continued to train at Civic Dance as well as participating in intensive summer programs with the San Francisco Ballet Company and the Contra Costa Ballet until her graduation from West High School.  After graduation, Samantha continued her dance education and training by attending the University of California Irvine (UCI) as a dance major where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts.  While attending UCI Samantha had the unforgettable opportunity to perform in George Balanchine’s ballet Serenade, as well studying with two outstanding choreographers: The renowned Donald McKayle who selected her to be a member of his Etudes Ensemble; and David Allen who has choreographed pieces for the New York City Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet.  After graduation from UCI Samantha remained in Southern California for two years training with Diane Diefenderfer at her Studio du Corps in Costa Mesa in order to become a Pilates instructor. After a brief time dancing in San Francisco, Samantha returned to Bakersfield where she is the Lead Instructor at Club Pilates here in Bakersfield, while continuing to teach Pilates at the Golden Youth Spa and Pilates Studio.  Samantha has furthered her Pilates training by obtaining three certifications from Balanced Body University, and has obtained additional training through Club Pilates, including the TRX.  Sam has continued to be a member of the Civic Dance Center faculty.  Samantha was one of the original members of what is now known the Bakersfield City Ballet Company. 


Board of Directors

PRESIDENT - Milissa Ackerley

VICE PRESIDENT - Yvonne Miller

SECRETARY - Becci McClain


MEDIA - CiAnne Gresham

PARENT LIASON - Ioana Zaletel

Megan Furse - meganf@bakersfieldcityballet.org
Aaron Van Cleave - avancleave@bakersfieldcityballet.org